Week 11: Mental Health Promotion - Coggle Diagram
Week 11: Mental Health Promotion
There is a lack of consensus on the verbiage around mental health promotion which can have pros and cons
It could provide better potential for integration of mental health promotion into existing programs
Language should be reflective of political, social and cultural context
A shared language can bring people together and ensure various sectors are on the same page
A common agenda is most important
There are a number of mental health programs being implemented in BC which has provided insight into various barriers and enablers..
Coordination across sectors (public health, primary care, community services, etc)
can be a pro if done effectively but it is challengin
Limited resources (evidence, expertise, funding, etc)
strategic and reciprocal partnerships & community relationships
The WHO has set an ambitious goal for 80% of countries to have 2 mental health programs by 2030.
There have been many program proposals and testing with little implementation and evaluation
A call for action for researchers
A barrier is that practitioners may see mental health programs as vague, unfamiliar or negative
better training needed!
Capacity building efforts are needed in order to build up programming
These programs should address mental health at all levels (individual to societal)
Mental Health promotion should not be seen as a new and additional task, but instead must be a collaborative effort to work into existing efforts of sectors, communities, individuals and organisations.
A number of roles are identified by Henrichsen in successful mental health promotion ranging from strategy design & policy, day to day community practices, and planning/evaluation.
Intersectoral collaboration is critical for success (a community of practice)
The embedding of mental health promotion in existing systems enables sustainability
Mental health competencies in effective mental health practitioners
Awareness and respect for diversity
knowledge of the social determinants of health - one must know that people are all coming from different places
knowledge of theories and models from a variety of sectors to put mental health concepts into practice through programs and policies
Knowledge of research methods and evidence